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It goes without saying (but watch me say it) that dialogue is one of the very most crucial elements in a novel. Great dialogue can make a novel sing. Bad dialogue can sink it like a stone. Here are a few ideas on what makes good dialogue work: 1. Good dialogue is not weighed down by exposition
by Judy Cullins Does your chapter sound like a report? Does it go on and on with past tense sentences that tell, rather than show? To spice up your self help, non-fiction or fiction book and even promotional writing, you need to use much more dialogue. Why?
If you're enjoying the content here, check out our new site, Thoughtcrime Games . Thanks for visiting! If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed . Thanks for visiting! I don’t know about you but when I sit down for a one-shot game with a pregen character, I can’t always come up with a unique and interesting personality on the fly. Sometimes the class, race and skill combo strikes a chord, but usually it’s just numbers.
How much about your characters do you really know? Small details might seem superfluous even irrelevant to the story you intend to write, but the smallest detail informs the bigger picture. The more you know about your characters, the better you’ll create believable characters who live and breathe on the page and in their own fictional world. Take time to answer each of these questions candidly and deeply. Expand your responses to include other questions that may arise.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) offers another useful set of character profiles that you can use to jumpstart a character for your novel. There are sixteen different types. Let’s look at them: ISTJ – The Duty Fulfiller or Detective Characteristics: Quiet, cautious, meticulous, responsible, strong and silent type Good occupations: Administrators, inspectors, researchers Acronym: I Save Things Judiciously Half empty or half full?
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